In­te­rior de­sign

Emily Tod­hunter has turned a dis­used car­riage house into a multi-pur­pose space

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The se­cret to cre­at­ing the per­fect me­dia room and how han­dles are the style se­cret be­hind the kitchen’s pulling power

The de­signer is one half of the tremen­dously suc­cess­ful duo Tod­hunter earle, an in­te­rior de­sign prac­tice that has built an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for its abil­ity to com­bine time­less clas­si­cism with mod­ern flair. Projects range from smart Lon­don town houses and coun­try houses to Alpine chalets and vil­las on the Costa Smer­alda in Sar­dinia.

emily was asked by the own­ers of a pretty house in Berk­shire to con­vert their car­riage house, which had been empty for some time, and to cre­ate a space that could serve sev­eral pur­poses, prin­ci­pally as a fam­ily room in which univer­sity-aged chil­dren could come home and watch a film with friends (the sofa seats 10) and as a place to re­lax with the pa­pers.

how­ever, the room is also in­tended as some­where to have fun, hence the au­dio-vis­ual el­e­ments, bar and disco balls. An­other im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion was a con­nec­tion to the gar­den, so the colour pal­ette was de­signed so that the room doesn’t jar after an af­ter­noon in the pot­ting shed.

In order to turn the room from an out­build­ing to some­thing more so­phis­ti­cated, emily com­mis­sioned R. W. Arm­strong (01256 850177; www.rwarm­ to in­stall pan­elling. The light­ing—crit­i­cal to en­sure the room could be used in a va­ri­ety of ways—was de­signed by Sally Storey of John Cullen (020– 7371 9000; www.john­cul­len­light­ The (heated) tim­ber floors are by Schot­ten and hansen (020–8752 0978; http://schot­ and the fab­ric wall panel—which im­proves the room’s acous­tics— has been cov­ered in a matte vel­vet by Clare­mont (020–7581 9575; www. clare­mont­fur­nish­

The re­sult is an ex­tremely taste­ful bal­ance be­tween clas­sic english coun­try with a hint of fun and glitz. Ara­bella Youens Tod­hunter Earle (020–7349 9999; http://tod­

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